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perception Line breaks: per|cep¦tion
Pronunciation: /pəˈsɛpʃ(ə)n/

Definition of perception in English:


[mass noun]
1The ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses: the normal limits to human perception
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  • Sharpen visual perception and increase ability to estimate accurately.
  • It is wise to never under-estimate human perception and the ability of the person on the end of the line to sense attitudes.
  • One such front involves the extension of human visual perception beyond visible wavelengths.
1.1Awareness of something through the senses: the perception of pain
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  • I had strong awareness and perception of the things around me.
  • There's something very different about the perception of pain or perception of disability when you believe and expect that a treatment will work.
  • Part of the explanation is psychological: Pain perception is made much worse by worry, fear or the expectation of pain, he notes.
awareness, consciousness, knowledge, acknowledgement, grasp, understanding, comprehension, interpretation, apprehension;
impression, sense, sensation, feeling, observation, picture, notion, thought, belief, conception, idea, judgement, estimation
1.2 Psychology & Zoology The neurophysiological processes, including memory, by which an organism becomes aware of and interprets external stimuli.
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  • It sometimes seems that all that is required to produce a durable long-term memory is perception of a meaningful stimulus event.
  • Having a working model of the brain, or even the incredibly complex neocortex, should help researchers understand processes like thought, perception and memory.
  • Cognitive psychologists have abandoned their exclusive focus on reasoning, perception, and memory, and are rediscovering the importance of affective processes.
2The way in which something is regarded, understood, or interpreted: Hollywood’s perception of the tastes of the American public [count noun]: we need to challenge many popular perceptions of old age
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  • It is important that they not be judgmental of the victim and understand that individual perception and interpretation determine sexual harassment.
  • And that is what stands out most to me in regards to the public perception of magick.
  • In my judgment it is legitimate to have regard to public perception when considering the characteristics of a penal system.
2.1Intuitive understanding and insight: ‘He wouldn’t have accepted,’ said my mother with unusual perception
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  • The second is the use of the eyes not just to see in the normal sense, but to gain insight, discernment, perception and precognition.
  • The benefit of employing the collective perception and insight of these leaders is already apparent.
  • You won't read this for the prose, the insight or the critical perception, but it's the fan book for fans who prefer lies, gossip and rumours to mundane day-to-day truth.


Late Middle English: from Latin perceptio(n-), from the verb percipere 'seize, understand' (see perceive).



Example sentences
  • And the sets, wrapped mostly in blue, took on a perceptional shade of bitter red.
  • This study investigated emotional, attitudinal, perceptional, and behavioral changes among college students.
  • It is a UK based perceptional research and analysis firm with a focus on the European market.

Words that rhyme with perception

conception, contraception, deception, exception, inception, interception, misconception, reception

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